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86-year-old veteran gets driver's license

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19:55, July 07, 2022

Sun Zhenchu (Photos: People's Daily)

Sun Zhenchu, 86, who lives in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, got his own driving license in March.

"I always like to study new things," said the veteran, who has been one of the members in the "Two bombs, One satellite" team.

Sun's wife has difficulty walking due to surgery and Sun can now drive her around.

"I learned to drive just to take my wife to see a doctor and get groceries. Since I work in the technology industry, I love researching new things. After all, it's never too late to learn," he said.

In 1936, Sun was born to a family of farmers in Yongkang, Zhejiang Province.

Upon graduation from the PLA Military Engineering Institute, the predecessor of the Harbin Engineering University, Sun was assigned to Lop Nur, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Sun has participated in missile nuclear weapons, hydrogen bombs, ground-explosive nuclear bombs, and atmospheric nuclear tests.

"Two bombs, One satellite" refers to China’s nuclear bombs, missiles, and man-made satellites that were independently developed by Chinese scientists and engineers between the 1950s and the 1970s.

(Compiled by Dong Feng; video produced by Di Jingyuan)

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